Though the San Antonio Spurs finally signed a backup point guard, one writer doesn't quite agree that newcomer T.J. Ford will make the changes necessary to the Spurs' system.
Writer Charley Rosen of Hoops Hype wrote an article giving his opinion on the worst signings of the quick free agency period. Among his "honorable" mentions was the Spurs signing Ford.
TJ Ford (San Antonio), who like Tinsley takes too many shots, but is quicker and will undoubtedly alter his priorities under Pop’s stern guidance. Or not.
I'd have to disagree with Rosen on this one. Yes Ford was once a very identifiable player in the league before a numerous amount of injuries, but Ford is veteran in this league and being surrounded by a locker room full of guys who are there for business and winning like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, there is no doubt he will most likely keep the team-first attitude. Not to mention give much-needed floor leadership for the Spurs' second unit which is mostly comprised of young players such as rookie Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs are a team known for keeping their players under good character. Even a wild personality like Stephen Jackson was able to thrive in his season under Gregg Popovich.
I like the Ford signing and have no doubt that he'll bring the professional attitude to the court and the locker room day in, day out.
I hope you're right. I think a necessity of the back-up point this year will be to integrate players such as Leonard, Anderson and Green into the system so that they don't get lost when inserted with the starters. Being on the outside as I am, I've heard of how the Spurs play book is of Biblical size. One can only wonder who will teach Ford the schemes? The task of trying to stay atop the league and win another title, combined with bringing these new pieces up to snuff, looms large. One thing is for sure, these new players will have to log a lot of quality minutes for the Good Guys to succeed this year.
So Reggie Williams is gone. Who's next spurs? J.Howard? Come spurs stop looking for a small forward and concentrate wityh what you have. The spurs must be regreting the day they waived ian mahinmi and luis scola. The need for a big guy is needed. Now Kaman is gone. Who's next spurs? Instead of drafting joseph who could be assigned in the d-league, they could have drafted a big guy.